Mirror Lake improvements completed


It was a happy day at Firestone Park in Columbiana on Saturday for the dedication of the newly-transformed Mirror Lake, a $500,000.00 capital project of the Restoration and Beautification Committee of Columbiana. Pictured here in Pavilion 4 overlooking the lake at the park are (left to right) R&B Trustees Vaughn Musser, Pat Tingle and Donna Bekar. Trustees in attendance but not pictured are Jan Rochette, Dawn Rance and Tucker Cope. (Submitted photo)

For years Mirror Lake at Harvey S. Firestone Park was in need of improvement, but the city didn’t have enough money to put toward the project — then came a sizable donation from a local resident.

On Saturday, the completion of the long-awaited project was celebrated with a dedication ceremony.

Leading up to the ceremony the final touches on the project included restocking the lake with a mix of small bass, blue gill, perch and crappies — some of which were pregnant, which will mean even more fish, Park Board Chairman Dr. Ron Detwiler said.

The fish were provided by the Five F Fish Farm in Leetonia and the fish that were originally in the lake were all transported to nearby bodies of water during the project.

The park board is asking that no fishing be done in the lake for one year.

Detwiler also said the project included the removal of 13 large pine trees last year and the addition of nine western cedar pines, 79 hardwoods and pines, three varieties of crab apple, oaks, maple and black gum trees.

The Mirror Lake project was spearheaded by the Columbiana Restoration and Beautification Committee (R&B) and made possible through a $500,000 personal donation from committee Chairperson Pat Tingle in honor of her late son, David Tingle.

The city also helped out on the project, as did the Columbiana Tourism Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, and many others.

Rose Conrad of the R&B said in a press release that Mirror Lake has been given a depth and has been transformed into a place of beauty and serenity with impressive stonework, terraces, waterfalls, fountains, newly paved paths, memorial benches, new garden beds, new trees and botanical plantings and a memorial garden with three “majestic stone pillars” in honor of Harvey S. Firestone and his friends Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

The pillars were unveiled to the public during the dedication ceremony that attracted a record number of people, Conrad said.

“Some years ago, the Restoration and Beautification Committee adopted the park as our long-term project,” Tingle said during the ceremony. “It’s gratifying to see so many residents walking around the lake, sitting on memorial benches, watching the waterfalls and enjoying the gardens.”

During the ceremony Taylor Christian of Congressman Bill Johnson’s office presented a proclamation recognizing the R&B for its work on the project.

Conrad said in the release that with the transformation now complete, continued restoration of the park has been estimated at $3 million, to come from individual bequests, fundraising and various matching grants to be completed over a number of years.

For more information on the ongoing project to renovate Firestone Park, visit restorecolumbiana.com